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Tony Stewart officially makes Chase in final year

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It’s official. Tony Stewart has qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in his final year, clinching the spot with his 21st-place finish at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

His win at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June meant he needed to get into the top 30 in points and remain there, after missing the first eight races while recovering from a broken back.

The three-time Cup champion is racing in his final season in NASCAR’s top-tier series. He began his Cup career in 1999 and has won at least one race a year every season except for 2014 and ’15.

His win at Sonoma on June 26 snapped an 84-race winless streak. The next week, he finished 26th at Daytona International Speedway, climbing into the top 30 in points.

Stewart’s results by track are listed in order of the remaining 2016 schedule (through Homestead-Miami Speedway), followed by the tracks where he has run his last Cup event. Stewart has won at every current Cup venue except Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway, site of next week’s race.

TRACK WINS POLES TOP FIVES TOP 10S AVG. START AVG. FINISH
Darlington 0 0 4 12 17.5 12
Richmond 3 0 11 19 17.5 12.9
Chicagoland 3 1 8 10 18.4 10.4
New Hampshire 3 1 15 19 12.6 12.2
Dover 3 0 11 17 21.1 14.1
Charlotte 1 1 6 13 16.4 14.8
Kansas 2 0 6 9 16.9 15.4
Talladega 1 0 9 14 16.7 17.5
Martinsville 3 3 10 17 12.7 13.7
Texas 2 2 6 13 16.8 14.4
Phoenix 1 0 8 12 14.6 14
Homestead 3 0 4 7 17.9 14.9
_____ __ __ __ __ ____ ____
Daytona 4 1 9 14 12.6 18.6
Atlanta 3 1 10 15 16 13.4
Las Vegas 1 0 6 9 14.4 15.1
Fontana 2 0 7 13 14.5 13.5
Sonoma 3 1 6 10 11.3 11.8
Kentucky 0 0 1 1 18.8 18.8
Indianapolis 2 1 7 11 14.0 9.7
Pocono 2 2 13 24 12.8 12.4
Watkins Glen 5 0 8 11 5.9 9.9
Bristol 1 1 7 10 16.9 17.7
Michigan 1 0 12 21 18.3 12.6
*Rockingham 0 0 3 6 18.7 10.8

*Stewart raced at Rockingham Speedway from 1999-2004. The series no longer races there.

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